Nets Fire Coach Steve Nash Steve Nash is out as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced Tuesday. BIOGRAPHY2ME.ORG

Speaking before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls, Nets general manager Sean Marks said that both he and Nash thought this was the right time to make a move

and acknowledged that the pair of friends knew this decision probably would be made sooner rather than later -- especially after Brooklyn struggled to a 2-5 start.

"We both felt this was time," Marks said. "It was certainly trending in that way and to be quite frank the team was not doing what it was supposed to be doing.

We've fallen from our goals, of meeting our goals, and it was time now because we still have lofty aspirations of where we need to get to."

In a statement, Nash thanked Marks and team ownership for an "amazing experience with many challenges that I'm incredibly grateful for."

What became increasingly apparent since the second half of last season was just how frustrated Nash was with the constant drama surrounding his team off the floor.

Last season, it was Kyrie Irving's decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 that hung over the organization

this season it's been Irving's social media posts promoting a book and movie with antisemitic ideals.

Suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka has emerged as the likely next Nets head coach, and his hiring could be finalized as soon as the next 24 to 48 hours